If we


length became, with his amiable extent of his erudition, however, consort, a Catholic."

notwithstanding his intermediate Respecting this narrative we have profession of a schoolmaster, we to observe, that the whole state of must be permitted to question. The the case being considered, we do same training, which so auspiciously not think there is much cause of self- favoured the urbanity of his man. gratulation to the Roman Catholic ners; would hardly conduce 10 disChurch on the accession of this cipline bis mind for the study of diboasted convert to their commu- vinity.

are not mistaken, nion. Mr. Tilt, of whom the pre- indeed, this is the gentleman whom ceding narrative is given, is, we once heard, some years ago, believe, the son of a respectable Inn- preaching at the church of a place keeper of Brighton, and formerly of fashionable resort, and we well assisted his father in that hospitable remember that we were much more vocation. From the retail of eat- impressed with an idea of the vanity, ables and drinkables, he appears to than of the erudition, of the preacher. have proceeded to that of hic, hæc, This at any rate is perfectly clear hoc's, at a school; in which depart- that he was not an erudite man ment, whether he felt the truth of when he took orders ; for if we are to the saying

believe our “ Orthodox Journalist,"

he had never examined the doctrines Occidit miseros crambe repetita magistros, of the Church of which he was a or that a little learning was a dan. minister until two years ago; and gerous thing, his career, as we have consequently was until lately ignobeen informed, terminated in a

rant of that knowledge which was failure. It was in the course of his

his proper erudition. An erudite labours, as the master of a school, Theologian without theology certhat we have understood (the nature tainly shews himself in rather a quesof his office probably serviog as a

tionable shape. -Let not then the recommendation) he was ordained Romish Church pride itself too much by the Bishop of Chichester, and

on its present addition of a Tilt to officiated at a curacy in the country.

its caravan of foreign curiosities.

We Protestants on the other hand, -Having lost his curacy, he adjourned to London, where he became may feel not a little hope for the ul

timate sound conversion of our run. a Doctor Pangloss, setting up as a Doctor of Languages-and ulti-away brother, when we find, that mately obtained the curacy of All baving commenced his examination

into the truth of Christianity, he has Hallows, Cornhill, as described in the journal from which we copied

already got so far as to believe in it, the statement of his conversion.

notwithstanding all the objections,

with which, under the Papal system, Now as to the point of the amiable

it is encumbered. Having now, in manners of Mr. T., we have no dis

his leisure from the task of instructposition to be sceptical. We doubt not but that our Journalist is here

ing others, turned his own instruc

tor and begun to inquire, we may very correct. Mr. T., from the lo. cality of his early occupation, was.

perhaps indulge the reasonable ex

pectation, that he will prosecute his one,

inquiries, and become a sincere conQui mores hominum multorum vidit,

vert to the truth, (which evidently he and thus enjoyed opportunities, was not before, while he had not exwhich have rarely fallen to the lot amined into the doctrines of his of gentlemen, for the formation and Church :) and thus make one step improvement of his manners. The more in the course of his varied REMEMBRANCER, No. 70.

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pursuits. We have now only lost an them. Dr. Steinkopff was the offiunstable friend--we may gain him cer of the society, immediately back reformed.

implicated in the proceeding. Will But is it really true that a miracle he come forward and say that the attributed to Prince Hohenlohe has alleged attack upon the Cburch of swayed with this gentleman in ef- England was not made?-that, those fecting his conversion to the Roman whom it more concerned to put down Catholic superstitions? Feeble in- the speaker remaining silent, it was deed must be that erudition which not repelled by the clergyman in surrendered itself to such impos- question in the manner specified, or ture! A poet has truly observed, in in terms to that effect? and that he words of memorable beauty : (Dr. Steinkopff) did not interpose

to allay the ferment excited, and did "Η θαύματα πολλά. κι πο τι και βροτών φρένας

not engage, as a pacificatory expedi. “Υπέρ τον αληθή λόγον

ent, to suppress all the offensive pas. Δεδαιδαλμένοι ψεύδεσι ποικίλους sages in the published reports:-And 'Εξαπατώντι μύθοι.

has he not accordingly done so ?Perhaps the author from whom we The aforesaid clergyman had viewed quote has not fallen in the track of the society from a distance, and deMr. T.'s learned labours, but we luded by the Church of England dis. could have wished that he had been play at the head of all its reports aware of the fact expressed in this and circulars, had been promoting passage, and guarded himself against its interests most assiduously. He such a seduction. We could have was so unprepared for the Quaker wished rather that he would have greeting whined into his ears, that imitated the conduct of another eru- for some time he could not believe dite person; and when this Meg them, and when his incredulity was Merrilies of Popery presented his overpowered by accumulated evi“ wondrous art Pontifical” before his dence, he looked round him atnongst astonished sight, he had dispelled his brethren and ecclesiastical supethe charm with an “ exorciso te, riors, not doubting that a general sceleratissima, nequissima."

burst of indignation from the whole We are very sorry to learn also body, or a digoified rebuke from the that the vicissitudes of Mr. T.'s faith Chair, or its Right Reverend sup. have involved also“ his amiable con- porter, would put the audacious sort"--and that she has at the same calumniator to shame. time become a Roman Catholic. disappointed in this very natural What is become of “the three very expectation, his self-control yieldfine youths,” does not appear from ed to the excitement in the manthe narrative.

ner your correspondent described. All this, I repeat, was related to me by the clergyman himself. It

is true he is not in this country at To the Editor of the Christian present, but he is not out of the Remembrancer.

reach of letters; and when Dr. SIR,

Steinkopff has delivered his tes

timony, further appeal, if necessary, I AM perfectly astonished at the may be made. confidence with which Mr. Brand

Your obedient servant, ram denies the fact stated by Scrutator in your Number for August. I

CLERICUS LONDINENSIS. myself heard the clergyman alluded to by. Scrutator, relate all the particulars just as he has reported

As he was

To the Editor of the Christian their faith, stept forward to express Remembrancer.

his indignation, and expose the igSIR,

norance of the party indulging in

the abuses. It is probably in this time-serving It is not, however, my present generation, a principle with many object to enlarge on this point; unstable professors of Christianity, all I aim at is to enforce truth; and to support the vulgar adage, that I would, therefore, especially refer " the truth is not, at all times, to be the secretary of the Society to bis spoken;" — but, being myself a dis, coadjutor, the Rev. Dr. Steinkopff, ciple of the opposite school, I (who, at the meeting, addressed would reply to such disputants, by the clergyman, in question, by an equally trite, though somewhat name,) upon the subject, and he homely saying, speak the truth, will then be assured that Scrutator and shame the devil.",

has given a correct account of that I regret to say, Mr. Editor, that day's proceedings ; and, however I have been led to these reflections, disgraceful the scene, it would bave by perusing a letter, published in better become the British and Foyour Miscellany of the present reign Bible Society to have passed month, purporting to be written by it over in silence, or to have hothe Secretary of the British and nestly acknowledged the evil, and Foreign Bible Society, in reply to deplored its occurrence. a letter signed “ Scrutator," which

Why its secretary should have appeared in your Publication for been directed to a different line of August.

conduct;—and why such mode of The main particulars related by proceeding should appear to the Scrutator, as occurring at the last Society as best suiting its views, I anniversary of that Society, I am cannot take upon me to decide ;sorry to know, are positively true. but of this I am assured, that I had the account of them from the whatever such reasoners may advery clergyman spoken of by Scru- vance, that tator. That an assembly of professing

Magna est veritas, et prevalebit." Christians, although comprising

Sir; every sect of the present day, from the Calvinist to the Socinian,

your constant reader,

and obedient servant, should tolerate invectives against,

VERAX. and misrepresentations of, the

Sept. 24th, 1824. Liturgy of the Chureh of England, and in particular, at a time, when the object of their meeting was to consider, solely, the diffusion of

To the Editor of the Christian the Holy Scriptures, is most unwor

Remembrancer. thy of them :--but when, according

SIR, to the rules of this age of conciliation, some members of the Esta- In the Remembrancer of Septem. blished Church, thinking it their ber a New Incumbent asks, whether duty to support this anomalous so- his claim for dilapidations is a prior ciety, on the occasion in question, one to that of other creditors of an gave their personal attendance; it incumbent dying insolvent. An acwould, indeed, have been most sur. quaintance of mine, some years ago, prising, had not one of their body, succeeded to a rectory of trifling and more especially so of the value: the amount claimed for dilaclergy, on such an insult offered to pidations and admitted by the execu

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I am,

tors, was considerable. The former Incumbent,” respecting any priority Rector was possessed of a large pro- of claim for dilapidations on the perty,—his affairs were thrown into estate of an incumbent dying in. Chancery,-his successor, as acredi. solvent, I would refer him to the tor, proved his claims. From that following extract from Bishop Gibtime to this not a farthing has he son's Codes, p. 753, from which it been able to obtain; nor can his soli. will appear that however equitable citor foresee any probable period of any such claim might be, the comthe affairs being adjusted. Has he mon law of England does not pera right to interest on the debt due mit its enforcement. This doctrine for dilapidations ? - Treble the inter: is also found stated in Ayliffe's est will not repay the additional da Parergon and in Burn's Ecclesiastimage caused by the weather in the cal Law, under the Article Dilapiinterval.-Suppose this small living dations. to have been the sole support of a

“ Executors who are chargeable numerous family whose necessities with dilapidations are bound to precluded the present incumbent make satisfaction for them before from doing the repairs more immedi. the payment of any legacies, and it ately requisite; in the event of his might be hoped before the payment dying before he receives the nioney of any other debts, since the refrom his predecessor's estate, to pairing of dilapidations is in the whom does his successor look for strictest sense a debt to the church, the greatly encreased amount of di- and it seems hard that private debts lapidations? I imagine to his (the should be satisfied out of the spoils intermediate incumbent's) estate,- of the church, and the church herand the executors of this intermedi- self be denied the common right of ate incumbent (who probably died restitution, For whatsoever subnearly insolvent) must wait, tilla de- stance any incumbent gets from the cree of Chancery enables them to re- church, and dies possessed of, is so ceive the sum due from the estate of much greater in proportion to his the former. Has the successor of neglect of repairs, and that part the insolvent a claim prior to other that grows from such neglect is no creditors? Will the Solicitor who better than a theft from the church, conducted the insolvent's business whose rights and privileges were in the Chancery cause not deductanciently the first care of the law; his charges ?-For no man ever had but we are told by Sir Simon Degge a Chancery cause gratis.-But if that the common law prefers the the successor has not a prior claim payment of debts before damage how is the Glebe House ever to be for dilapidations ;' and that being repaired ? I am, Sir,

the course of the common law, we Your obedient servant, must be content.” Parson's Coun

R. N. S. sellor, p. 1. c. viii. 7th edition,

To the Editor of the Christian

London, Sept. 1824.
* In reply to the queries of a “ New

onr plan to promote a general interchange We take this opportunity of returning of opinions among the Clergy on matters our thanks to those who have favoured us

of professional interest to them as a body, with communications on such subjects, and

that the information of individuals may to make it known that it is a great part of conduce to the general good of all.




That the Meetings of this Society here-
Bangor Diocesan Committee. after take place at the National School.

Signed in behalf of the Committee, AT a Meeting held in the National

J. H. Cotton, Secretary. School room, Bangor, the 4th day of August, 1824, PRESENT,

Report of the Bangor Diocesan Com

mittee, for the Year ending August 3d, The Lord Bishop.

1824. The Very Reverend the Dean. Rev. J. H. Cotton, Secretary.

The summary of books placed at the R. Newcome, Warden of Ruthin.

foot of this Report, will be found highly Mr. Williams, Friars, Bangor.

satisfactory; the amount of Bibles, TestaMr. Jones, Rector of Llaniestyn.

ments, and Prayer Books, which have been Mr. Jones, Maentwrog..

sold by the Committee, is very consi... John Parry Jones Parry.

derable. Mr. Rowlands, Plasgwyn.

As to the state of education on the prinEvan Williams, Llangefni.

ciples of the Established Church within the Gethin Williams.

district, connected with this Committee; Ellis Anwyl Owen.

the Committee have nothing to add to the Rice Hughes.

Report of last year, with the exception of William Thomas, Trefor.

the formation of a school for the joint paEllis Roberts.

rishes of Bodwrog and Llandrygarn, in the H. Price, Rector of Llangelynin. county of Anglesey, to the establishment Morris Hughes, St. Anne's.

of which the National Society have libeHugh Rowlands, Llanddeniolen. rally contributed 251. J. Jones, Amlwch.

The Committee are happy in being able J. W. Trevor, Vicar of Carnarvon.

to make a report of the greatly improved A. B. Clough, Fellow of Jesus Col- state of their funds ; the promise which had lege.

been given to the public as to the liquidaJ. Williams, ditto ditto.

tion of the debt in which they had been Owen Owens, ditto.

involved, and their intention to reduce the John Hughes, Esq. Dep. Reg.

price of their books, they are now enabled

to perform. Prayers having been first read

Calculating the value of the stock of The accounts for the last year were exa- books now in hand, the amount of sums mined and approved, when it appeared that now due, and the sums already paid for there was a balance of 1381. 12s. 4 d. on books, the Committee has now a balance account of books sold, and on account of in their favour of 121. 48. 11 d. subscriptions 701. 108, which, with a de- The attainment of this long wished-for duction for disbursements, amounting to object has been effected by a steady ad141. 13s. 1d, leaves a balance of 1971. herence to their original purposes ; by an 98. 3 d. in the secretary's bands.

additional charge made upon the purchasers The secretary having read the report of of books, by their requiring prompt paythe proceedings of the last year, the thanks ment for books, and by an immediate inof the meeting were moved to him by the vestment of all receipts in the Bank for Lord Bishop, for the very able and satis- Savings; by the adoption of this last mode factory manner in which it was drawn up, they are happy to add, that they have reand the same was ordered to be printed in ceived from the interest of money investthe North Wales Gazette.

ed, the sum of 41. 16s. 1d. The Rev. John Pugh, cur of Llan. The detail of this statement will be decwyn, was recommeuded by the Rev.W. found at the close of this report. Jones, rector of Maentwrog, as a subscrib- Since the date of the formation of this ing Member of the Society.

Committee in the year 1812, 158 persons

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